Gestures That Won the Midterms

Massachusetts
Gov. Deval Patrick (D) def. Charles Baker (R) and Timothy Cahill (I)

Khoury: "Deval Patrick was one of the best candidates in debate this year. Patrick did more of the positive things you would expect and less of the negative things: He didn't wring his hands, covering of his body in a defensive way. He didn't do any aggressive finger pointing.

"Baker oscillated and shrugged, had rapid jerking movements, looked down, and generally looked tense. His whole body language was both nervous and dismissive. His weight was off center. He didn't have the refinement and experience that someone like Deval Patrick has.

"Patrick is consistent from day to day in his public appearances; Baker 's body language changed from his [primary] acceptance speech in Worcester to his time in debates. Charlie Baker is a nice guy, but he doesn't have the ability to project leadership like Patrick did.

"Even the way Deval Patrick sat in his chair; it was the exact same way that John F. Kennedy sat in his chair in the 1960s. Somebody has explained to him the calm, non-aggressive, confident features of body language."

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Baker - Gesturing above his shoulders 1.jpgAll images courtesy of Don Khoury/Body Language TV


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Jared Keller is a journalist based in New York. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Pacific Standard, and Al Jazeera America, and is a former associate editor for The Atlantic.

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